AUDIO: Our personnel were at mining site legally – Armed Forces

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The Ghana Armed Forces has defended the deployment of some of its men to protect Geo Professional Services Company, a mining company in the Amansie West District in the Ashanti Region, found to be operating illegally.

According to the military, the deployment was made following a request by the Ashanti Regional Security Council.

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei-Mensah, also confirmed this to the media, noting that their deployment was upon a request from the then Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Joseph Yamin.

However, speaking to Citi News, the Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Armed Forces, Colonel Aggrey Quarshie, rejected any accusations of illegal deployment against the Army.

According to him, the soldiers were deployed after the Geo Professional Services (GPS) Company complained about attacks from illegal miners.

The military had come under heavy criticism after the Lands and Natural Resources Minister, Peter Amewu, discovered that some soldiers were protecting their mining concession in Tontokrom in the Amansie West District.

During the tour of the area, some 15 soldiers were seen protecting the activities of the miners which were described as illegal by Mr. Amewu.

 Source: Citifmonline

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